Tidal Creeks Boatworks, a subsidiary of Tidal Creeks Corporation, was founded in February 2007, by Nantucket Island native Michael Allen. A native of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Mike's boatbuilding experience dates back to 1986 while he was serving in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Homestead Air Force Base in Homestead, Florida, Mike would often visit his father who had been spending time pursuing his hobby job with a local Naples boat builder, Michael Fitz Custom Boats.
In 1990, Mike started Mike's Fiberglass Repair on Nantucket, which evolved into Grey Lady Marine in 1994, where Mike designed, created molds, manufactured, marketed and sold fifteen Grey Lady 25' custom center console boats. With the boat business growing rapidly, Mike bought out local comeptitor Island Marine in 1998, and moved Grey Lady Marine to the waterfront, which became Nantucket's largest full-service marine facility. At his new location on Nantucket Harbor, Mike continued to own and operate Grey Lady Marine year-round with a clientele of over 350 privately owned boats which were stored, maintained and serviced annually.
In 2003, Mike sold Grey Lady Marine to Great Harbor Yacht Club, where he managed the business as a consultant until 2006. The following year, Mike built a state-of-the-art boat building facility located at Square Rigger Road, where he now operates Tidal Creeks Boatworks.
Memberships, Achievements, Interests, Skills
-United State Air Force (Homestead Air Force Base, Miami, FL, 1984-‘88) E4 Sergeant, earned A & P (Airframe & Power Plant) license.
-Rotary International President ’02-‘03
-Union Lodge Free & Accepted Masons ’03-Present, Master 2011-'12
-Nantucket Cottage Hospital Advisory Board ’04-‘08
-United States Coast Guard Captain’s license ’98-‘04
-Nantucket Chamber of Commerce Board ’04-‘06
-Maddequet Admiralty Association
-Nantucket Triathlon Club
-USA Triathlon Club
-USA Cycling Club
-Mike’s Fiberglass Repair (owned & operated 1988-1991)
-Grey Lady Marine (owned & operated 1991-2006)
-Triathlon- 3-x Ironman Finisher (Louisville ’09, Lake Placid ’10, Nice France ’11)
-Fly Fishing & Custom Rod Fabrication
-Big Game Fishing (Martha’s Vineyard Shark Tournament 1st place ’93)
-Sailing (2nd Engineer on 106’ SY Gleam 1990-’91)
-Commercial Bay Scalloping
-Auto Restoration & Collecting
-Drag Racing (Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School 2002)
-Cycling & Custom Bike Building
-MIG & TIG Welding